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February 03, 2014REGGAE LEGEND, BUNNY RUGS, PASSES AWAY AT 65
"We are so sad to hear of the passing of William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, one of reggae's greatest voices. His band, Third World, has been an inspiration to us all - in fact, their records set the template for the mix of intelligent songwriting, top notch musicianship, diversity of styles, and production quality that we have always strived for with our own work. Some of us first met Bunny Rugs over twenty years ago, and he was always warm, friendly, and funny. We were blessed to have worked with him on "Lovely Rita" from Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band, where his unique and soulful vocal stylings took the song to another level. Our condolences go out to his family and to the entire Third World family. He will be missed. " More info »
January 09, 2014THE 2013 PIER AWARDS THE GREEN WIN BEST ALBUM
"Congratulations to The Green on winning the 2013 Pier Awards Album of the Year for “Hawaii ‘13!” The boys were up against other U.S. reggae acts for this category, as well as for Artist of the Year. Other Easy Star artists nominated were Passafire for Album (“Vines”) and Artist of the Year and John Brown’s Body for Album of the Year for “Kings And Queens.” Thank you to all who showed their love and support by voting! Check out all the results by going to The Pier's website. " More info »
December 09, 2013EASY STAR ARTISTS UP FOR PIER AWARD NOMS
"Three Easy Star artists are in the nomination process for The Pier's 2013 Awards. The Green and Passafire are both up for Artist of the Year as well as Album of the Year. John Brown's Body is up for Album of the Year. (The Hip Abduction's album, which is not an Easy Star release, but was produced by Easy Star co-founder Michael Goldwasser, is also up for Album of the Year.) The voting process is going now - select 5 nominees in each category and that will determine the final nominee list. This first round will take place until Saturday, December 14. After that, the second round will begin and you can vote for who wins the awards. Go to The Pier 2013 Awards voting page to cast your votes and support our Easy Star family! " More info »
November 20, 2013VINES DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD REGGAE
"Passafire’s Vines has debuted at #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts. Vines, the band’s fifth studio album, "is Passafire's best,” according to Angelica Music. The record was released November 11th and is the band’s debut release for Easy Star. The album debuted impressively on other Billboard charts including #10 on the Heatseekers Chart, #57 on the Independent Releases, #1 on South Atlantic New Artist Chart, and #109 on the Top 200 Digital albums, amongst others. The album mirrors the success of 2011’s album Start From Scratch, which also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, but outselling that album’s first week.
“As our label grows, we are always looking for new talent that compliments and enhances our roster. Passafire is a natural fit to our family, but also brings a diverse and alternative sound that is truly unique to them. With their new album debuting at #1, it further elevates their profile to the top of the exploding U.S. reggae scene,” says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith.
The band just announced new shows on the East Coast with Slightly Stoopid in late December. Press accolades for Vines have been pouring in from a diversity of media outlets.
“By the time you cruise through Vines’ 13 tracks, you know you’ve been somewhere – with Passafire having led you by the hand through a set of tunes flavored with everything from essences of prog rock, message-laced thinking man’s pop, and thumpa-thumpa just-dance-and-be moments, to – yes – reggae rock with a powerful rumblewomp foundation.” – Jambands.com
“Vines is well worth your time if you’re into inventive reggae-tinged alternative rock, as few bands around do it as well as these guys.” – Behind The Hype
“Solid recordings and a very unique mixture of Rock and Reggae that helps these guys stand out from much of the other Reggae/Rock out there.” – Rudeboy Reggae
“Loaded with the kind of indie cred that easily gives it its street stripes, this is some wildly smoking stuff that not only is fun…but opens the ears and hikes the curiosity to dig further into the reggae treasure chest.” – Midwest Record
"Passafire is on fire with this catchy release." – Inside World Music " More info »
November 11, 2013PASSAFIRE'S VINES OUT NOW!
"Passafire's VINES - the band's fifth studio album and first on Easy Star Records - is out now, as of 11/11/13! The record, produced by the band and mixed by Butthole Surfer Paul Leary (Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Sublime), features 13 amazing new songs that showcase the band's signature reggae/rock sound. Some early quotes:
"Passafire is on fire with this catchy release." - Inside World Music
"This is Passafire's best album." - Angelica Music
"Vines pulls together progressive and alternative rock, along with hints of reggae in a way that is unrivaled by anyone in music." - The Pier Magazine
Order the record here and help the band hit #1 on Billboard's reggae chart in week one:
The record is also available in physical format at many brick and mortar stores, check with your local record store and ask for it. " More info »
March 06, 2014DUB SIDE RE-RELEASE IN
JULY, TOUR IN SPRING
On July 22, 2014, Easy Star All-Stars we will release a special anniversary edition of the classic… More »
February 14, 2014HELP GET THE GREEN
FEATURED ON HAWAII 5-0!
The Green is up against three other bands to get their music on the next "fan-built" episode of Haw… More »
February 14, 2014ESA / JBB TEAM UP
FOR SHOWS IN APRIL
Two of Easy Star's longest tenured bands are teaming up for four shows in the Great Lakes region, o… More »
February 10, 2014ESA ALUM TAMAR-KALI
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